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secretary of defense leon panetta had to say in london today. >> we cannot accept attacks against our citizens in our interests abroad. neither can we accept an al-qaeda safe haven anywhere in the world. >> panetta refused to criticize the algerian security forces. some have said they were too heavy handed in their mission against the militants holding the hostages. at this very melt we're told they continue to mop up that energy facility. it had been booby trapped with mines and explosives by the militants and heather, yes, the grim death toll grows, or the fear of those deaths, anyway. the u.k., norway, and japan are now saying that 20 of their citizens are unaccounted for and feared dead. and we're waiting on word from the u.s. officials. back to you. >> heather: greg palkot live for us. we'll have much more on this coming up with a former c.i.a. operative who has participated in numerous operations in algeria. so stay tuned for that. gregg? >> gregg: and the first lady kicking off the inaugural weekend with a national day of service, doing their part at an elementary school in was
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a final assault on the complex and now britain's defense secretary says the military operation appears to be over. our greg palkot is following it all live from london. how is everybody, greg. >> reporter: jamie, kelly, that's the big question right now. the algerian prime minister spoke with u.k. prime minister david cameron minutes ago and he, too, confirmed the final assault is over and there is that one report perhaps more americans were free today. and let's recount the event of today. algerian special forces stormed where the al-qaeda linked militants were finally holed up, apparently with explosives, apparently with heavy guns, and with hostages. it was a bloody scene. the algerian government says that 11 militants were killed, apparently the last militants there, but also, the seven foreign hostages were killed. now, the reuters news agency quoting a security source says that 16 foreign hostages were freed today and included in that number, two americans. but as we've noted it's not yet confirmed by washington, and or for that matter, picked up by other media agencies. one ame
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days and 19 hostages. secretary of defense leon panetta was there and had strong words. >> since 9/11, we have made very clearr that, that nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. for that reason, we have made a commitment that we are going to go after al-qaida wherever they are. >> in this specific case we are talking al-qaida and the group thought to be responsible for the operation . a few more facts here uma, british petroleum and bp are running the facility. they have said that four of their staffers still remain unaccounted for. on the other hand, we are getting new word that eight british hostages thought to be unaccounted for are believed to be safe. it is a very shifting situation . algerian security forces came across 15 body and charred and burned and said to be waiting for investigation. shifting stories and we are waiting for the crucial bit of information from washington and the state department, except for the tragic case of one american lost that we know for sure, that all other americans that were held hostage are free and safe.
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was from romania, hostages from all around the world involved in this. secretary of defense panetta was asked on a stop off in london today what he thought about the algerian security force tactics. some people have said they were heavy handed. his answer to that, different countries have different ways to deal with terrorism. those security force right now are mopping up that natural gas facility site. it was booby trapped with mines and explosives. one more line coming out of this statement coming from the white house, president obama in the state saying that the u.s. will continue to work with our partners. that would include algeria, to combat the scourge of terrorism in that region. more to come in northern africa. back to you. >> arthel: greg palkot, thank you very much for that report. >> rick: new coalition of gun rights supporters trying to send a message to washington proclaiming today national gun appreciation day and they're urging americans to head to local gun stores and ranges and gun shows to show their support. ironically, a couple of accidental shootings at some of